Brad Pitt's marriage equality donation of $100,000

brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-engaged.jpgActor Brad Pitt has jumped into the political fray in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, the four states whose voters will go to the polls next week to vote not only in elections but also on same-sex marriage issues.

Pitt writes in an email to the Human Rights Campaign organization:

"It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days.

In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples - our friends and neighbors - are worthy of the same protections as everyone else.

But that's the system we have and I'm not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry. Especially when groups like the Human Rights Campaign are fighting these battles day-in and day-out.

So, here's what I'm going to do. If you make a contribution to these ballot measure campaigns in the next 24 hours, I'll double it - every dollar of the way, up to $100,000.

Pitt has long been vocal on his support for same-sex marriage, telling Ellen DeGeneres on her show in 2011, "We live in this great country that is about freedom. It is defined by our freedom and equality and yet we allow this discrimination to go on everyday and that's not what we're about. That's not what makes us great. Until that is reversed. I just don't get it."

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